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Tennis for All at LTP Adaptive/Wheelchair Tennis Event

LTP Adaptive Tennis
LTP Adaptive Tennis
LTP Adaptive Tennis
LTP Adaptive Tennis
Live to Play Tennis in Mount Pleasant held the facility's first Adaptive Tennis Block Party on Sunday, March 4. The facility staff and volunteers worked for several hours before the event to get the courts dry from a weekend of incessant rain. Winds were gusting and swirling as the open house began, but that did not deter close to 20 participants at the event. Attendees were treated to fun tennis drills and games specifically designed for people with any type of disability.
The morning started off with Special Olympics athletes.  The event had 18 players who moved through three courts.  After the completion of the games on all three courts they were given a certificate stating they had finished the circuit.  The athletes then enjoyed hot dogs, chips, and cookies.  After lunch the event moved into unified tennis.  At the end of the day there was target hitting for prizes that were obtained from local businesses.  
As the Special Olympics athletes were enjoying their event, there were also wheelchair tennis players taking a lesson at the open house.  The four athletes passed through an obstacle course, participated in drills, played games, and took aim at targets for prizes.  The event was a first for a 14 year old who said he had never been in a sports chair before.  
Live 5 News was on hand to cover the event.  According to event organizer Lori La Fevre, "this was definitely one of the most rewarding tennis events I have ever coordinated. It was so great to see the smiles and sense of accomplishment on the faces of participants. Tennis truly is for everyone, and I know that this event proved that today."